@BetsyDeVos Fails – Not Qualifed

Betsy DeVos was asked a basic question about education policy — and couldn’t answer

Exchange between Elizabeth Warren and Betsy Devos Trump’s Secretary of Education nominee.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren finds Betsy DeVos has no experience managing student loan programs, never took out a loan & never had a child who did.

Betsy DeVos fails @timkaine’s test at Senate hearing:


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Gene Spafford “You can outsource some of the processing, but you can’t outsource the responsibility.”

Fired IT employee offered to unlock data — for $200,000

Vic Ryckaert

Indianapolis-based American College of Education fired its information technology employee last year, according to court documents, but not before an administrative password was changed. The online college then asked the man to unlock the Google account that stored email and course material for 2,000 students, according to a lawsuit filed by the college. The man said he’d be willing to help — if the college paid him $200,000. Welcome to the new frontier of tech concerns in a business world that has come to depend on the cloud. “A lot of organizations are using cloud-based services and online services like this,” said Von Welch, director of Indiana University’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. “Even under a good situation, somebody could leave and then you find out the cloud service you depend on gets canceled because maybe the bill didn’t get paid.” The American College of Education offers online masters and doctorate degrees to teachers across the country. It’s headquartered in Downtown Indianapolis, but the students come from all over. The college’s IT employees had been spread across the country, too, but the school decided early last year to give them the choice to move to Indianapolis or resign and take a severance deal. Other IT workers resigned, according to court records, leaving Triano Williams as the sole systems administrator when he was fired on April 1 after he refused to relocate from his home in suburban Chicago. Before he left, the college alleges in a lawsuit that Williams changed the password and login information on a Google account. In May, returning students could no longer access their email accounts, papers and other course work. Google suspended access after too many failed login attempts to the administrative account. School officials asked Google for help. Google, the college said, refused to grant access to anyone other than Williams, who was listed as the account’s sole administrator. When officials called Williams, he directed them to his lawyer. “In order to amicably settle this dispute, Mr. Williams requires a clean letter of reference and payment of $200,000,” attorney Calvita J. Frederick wrote in a letter to the college’s attorney. Williams, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit of his own in the U.S. District Court in Chicago, claiming the college bullied him and discriminated against him and other black employees. Williams told the school the password had been saved on a laptop computer that he returned to the school in May. The college, however, claims Williams erased the laptop’s hard drive and installed a new operating system. Williams’ lawyer told IndyStar that the college must have erased the hard dive. In his federal complaint, Williams said he couldn’t move from his home in Riverdale, Ill., because he has joint custody of his young daughter. He said the relocation was just a way for the college to force him out. He said the college filed the case in Indiana just to make it difficult and costly for him to attend court hearings. So far, Williams has failed to appear for multiple hearings in Indianapolis. Marion Superior Judge Heather Welch issued a default judgment in September and ordered Williams pay the college $248,350 in damages. Williams also said the college filed its case in retaliation for his complaints about racial discrimination. Williams has asked the federal court to throw out the Indiana case and take over jurisdiction. “The reality is the college created this problem over the course of the last several years as a result of certain business decisions followed by the termination of certain key employees,” Frederick wrote in her letter. Frederick told IndyStar that her letter was a settlement demand on the discrimination case, not a “stick-’em-up” in exchange for the emails and data. The school, she said, has paid other former employees for consulting services, but they are now asking Williams to work for free under threat of lawsuits and possible incarceration. “He’s got a lot of damages as a result of what’s happened,” Frederick said. She said the college’s own blunder caused it to lose the account access and now it blames Williams. Frederick said Williams did not change the password or account information. “They locked out his access to any computer system,” Frederick said. “I don’t know that he was able to do that.” The American College of Education has since gone to a new provider for cloud-based data services. Pam Inabinett, a teacher in South Carolina who started a master’s degree program in October, told IndyStar she’s had no problems with access to email or documents. About 12 hours after an IndyStar reporter contacted Google representatives on Friday, the college’s attorney, Scott Preston, said the internet company unlocked the account and returned control of the emails and data to the school. Before that resolution, Preston told IndyStar: “The college has done all it can to resolve this short of police intervention or suing Google.” A Google representative declined comment. Von Welch, the director of the cyber-security center at IU, said Google has legitimate reasons for refusing to hand over the data without absolute proof that the person asking them to do so is not a hacker. “The cloud provider needs to be careful that they are not being hacked,” Welch said. “This is honestly one of the hardest parts about securing an account like this.” Experts say an organization’s leaders must protect their data from bad actors outside and within. They can start by registering their cloud-based accounts in the name of the institution, not an individual.

Gene Spafford, founder and executive director emeritus of Purdue University’s Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security, said that a group’s board of directors should take responsibility for protecting the data.

“When everything was done on paper, there were committees and audits and physical protections to make sure documents were protected and managed,” Spafford said.

“We’ve got to do the same thing in an E-world.

“You can outsource some of the processing, but you can’t outsource the responsibility.”

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Oxfam Total Fail on Poverty

In it’s first sentence, the article is demeaning, offensive, inaccurate and misleading.

What follows is the typical drivel:

Make rich people richerer; the poor have only thmselves to blame.

More to the point, the author is disengenuously conflating Soviet
style economies, which were all about command and control, with actual
redistribution.  From what I’ve seen, giving money to the poor in
market economies works pretty well.  Look at the Earned Income Credit
in the US, or various experiments in guaranteed annual income in
northern Europe.

John Levine

Why Oxfam is getting it wrong about poverty

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RIP Bill Wiggins, professor emeritus of African-American Studies at Indiana University.

Retired IU professor William Wiggins Jr. dies at 82
By Jonathan Streetman jstreetman@heraldt.com Dec 25, 2016

> Bill Wiggins, professor emeritus of African-American Studies at Indiana University.

> Retired IU professor William Wiggins Jr. dies at 82
> Indiana University professor emeritus and former Herald-Times community columnist William H. Wiggins Jr. died at 3:40 a.m. Saturday at IU Health Hospice House at the age of 82, following an extended illness.
> Wiggins arrived in Bloomington in 1969 with his wife, Janice, and 3-year-old daughter, Mary Ellen, to enter the doctoral program in IU’s Folklore Institute. His arrival could not have been more timely.
> Wiggins became one of the original faculty members for the university’s African-American studies department and quickly became a stalwart presence in the department, collaborating with Rozelle Boyd, then dean of University Division, and history graduate student John F. Moe to develop the A150 Survey of the Culture of Black Americans, a course that remains the basic introduction to the department’s curriculum. Wiggins also created another course that remains a staple offering, A255 The Black Church in America.
> “It’s sad to say, that there is still a perception by some prospective students, as well as alumni, that IU has not been an optimal place for minority students,” Wiggins was quoted as saying in a university news article celebrating his 30 years with the department. “When potential students raise the topic with me, I ask these questions: ‘Is there any place in America which is free of racism? And is it possible to achieve anything worthwhile without undergoing some risk?’
> “The department has helped create a welcoming — dare I say nurturing — atmosphere for students with its film showings, lectures, essay contests and by providing students with ready access to understanding faculty who will hear them out and help them in myriad ways.”
> Wiggins retired from the university in 2003 after 34 years of teaching. At his retirement party at IU’s Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Wiggins told about 100 people that “It’s been a wonderful experience.”
> University of Oregon professor of political science Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh recently remembered Wiggins as an excellent professor and a great scholar, but also a profoundly intelligent family man who always was welcoming of others.
> “I met Dr. William H. Wiggins Jr. during my first year (in 1994) as an assistant professor on the Bloomington campus,” Alex-Assensoh said in an email this past July. “I left Indiana University in 2012 as a full professor of political science and, for five years, as dean of the Office of Women’s Affairs, and most certainly, I attribute a lot of my successes to the advisory and fatherly roles that professor Wiggins played in our lives as young and upcoming black professors. …
> “What was most impressionistic about Dr. Wiggins was his overwhelming love for his family and the Indiana University community. For Dr. Wiggins, love was an action word that inspired him to serve, encourage and inspire a deeper commitment to excellence and caring for one’s fellow man.”
> Wiggins shared his love for Bloomington through columns in The Herald-Times, writing more than 50 over the course of two years. The setting for his columns was “Wiggy’s Diner, Bloomington’s first literary restaurant,” where he wrote about everything from holiday parties to why his childhood birthdays after the age of 5 were celebrated with a watermelon instead of a birthday cake. It was because of a racist remark from a Texas watermelon farmer that, thanks to his parents’ love and care, marked the beginning of his realization of self-worth. “From that day forward, they redoubled their efforts to instill in me the lesson that I, their first born child, was not a Sambo, the unkempt, ignorant, immoral, childlike human being depicted in cover sketches and lyrics of boxes of coon song sheet music in the Lilly Library’s song sheet collection or the ‘Little Black Sambo’ children’s book in its rare books collection,” he wrote in August of 2003.
> Wiggins’ family will finalize funeral arrangements at Allen Funeral Home and Crematory early this week, according to the Bloomington funeral home.

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WikiLeaks opposes leaking of CIA report

WikiLeaks opposes leaking of CIA report  By Joe Uchill – 01/06/17


In a Friday tweet, WikiLeaks slammed the CIA for leaking information to NBC.   “The Obama admin/CIA is illegally funneling TOP SECRET//COMINT information to NBC for political reasons before PEOTUS even gets to read it,” the tweet read.   An NBC report last night touted “An exclusive, inside look” at the report connecting the Russian government to breaches of Democratic National Convention and other servers during election season sourced to two intelligence community sources.  The NBC broadcast included claims that Russia attacked the White House and that Russian had dual motives in the attack of disrupting the campaign and revenge on the Obama administration for delegitimizing Russian President Vladimir Putin throughout his administration.

Wikileaks, a site well known for publishing its own illegally funneled, classified leaks, has pushed back against the intelligence community’s determination that Russia leaked the fruits of those breaches to the site. Founder Assange has denied that WikiLeaks received the Clinton campaign emails from Russian hackers.  WikiLeaks and Assange have championed the dissemination of sensitive or classified in the past, publishing United States diplomatic cables and military information, emails from the 2014 Sony hack and internal documents from multiple other governments and political parties.

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